- Title: Land of the Blind
- Author: Jess Walter
- ISBN: 9780060989286
- Page: 182
- Format: Paperback
In this fiendishly clever and darkly funny novel, Jess Walter speaks deeply to the bonds and compromises we make as children and the fatal errors we can make at any moment in our lives.While working the weekend night shift, Caroline Mabry, a weary Spokane police detective, encounters a seemingly unstable but charming derelict I d like to confess, he proclaims But heIn this fiendishly clever and darkly funny novel, Jess Walter speaks deeply to the bonds and compromises we make as children and the fatal errors we can make at any moment in our lives.While working the weekend night shift, Caroline Mabry, a weary Spokane police detective, encounters a seemingly unstable but charming derelict I d like to confess, he proclaims But he insists on writing out his confession in longhand In the forty eight hours that follow, the stranger admits to not just a crime, but an entire life a wry and haunting tale of poverty and politics, of obsession and revenge And as he writes, Caroline pushes herself to near collapse, racing against the clock to investigate not merely a murder, but the story of two men s darkly intertwined lives.
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It’s a goal of mine to scare up votes for Jess Walter’s induction into the Pantheon of Great American Storytellers. Land of the Blind justifies his nomination. [Citizen Vince (see review) does even more so.] He’s never slow, he adds insights without overdoing it, his dialogue is bang on, and his plots keep Kindle screens refreshing incessantly. I like his style, too – kind of edgy, but with a genuine regard for his characters. If you were to shoehorn this one into a category, I guess it [...]
I love Jess Walter, as I said in other reviews I believe he is a notch above most other contemporary writers. Here is a great comment about "Land of the Blind" by the author himself: "I wanted to write a darkly comic and suspenseful coming-of-age crime novel about politics, philosophy, the tech bubble, and the way people drag their teenage selves through the rest of our lives. And like a beginning juggler who has tentatively tossed an apple, a chainsaw, and two bowling pins in the air, and is no [...]
I write books for a living. I edit books. I publish books. I =live= books. But I rarely find myself impressed by books.I'm impressed enough with Jess Walter to read his books. Now I find myself impressed enough with Land of the Blind to get off my jaded butt to recommend it to anyone who was ever teased in school, or bullied, or humiliated, or moved by the fear of any of the above to act against his better nature.This is a book written in pain; it is painful to read, painful to relive personal m [...]
Land of the Blind was not a fun read. Clark, the main character reveals in tortuous detail his adolescence . Walter's characters always seem to come from the seamy side of Spokane. He writes with so much pathos and detail, it can't all be imagined pain.Clark begins this novel confessing to crimes, real and unnamed. He suffers as he unloads the pain of success , failure, loyalty, treason, love and detachment. His patch does not blind him. It only gives a lack of depth perception.As I said, this w [...]
The book is tough going in the first half because the subject is bullying and it is harsh to read. Eli is an extremely bullied kid because he has everything wrong with him that can be wrong with someone and yet be fit enough for public school mainstreaming while still needing two special-ed classes as well - he smells, he wears ugly glasses, he's both physically and mentally handicapped, and he lives in a spiritless deadened large town. Clark, one of the narrators, is also bullied, but not as ba [...]
In Land of the Blind, Jess Walter has written a dolorous thriller about a man who wants police detective Caroline Mabry to witness his confession to a crime that has yet to be reported. With legal paper in hand, Clark Mason proceeds to write a long story of a childhood friendship gone horribly wrong—a "story of weakness, not of strength"—one in which he alternately befriends and betrays oddball Eli Boyle. Years later, Eli agrees to let Clark turn his recreational, hobby-like fantasy game, Em [...]
Jess Walter does it again. I know this was written well before The Financial Lives of the Poets, but I read them out of order. But this, like Financial Lives, is a book that I must recommend.This book tells the life story of Clark Anthony Mason, an aspiring politician, hack-job lawyer, people pleaser, and identity-challenged individual. Clark goes to the police, namely Caroline Mabry, wanting to confess. He doesn't know how to go about it. Finally, he decides on confessing to murder through a lo [...]
Most sequels are similar in style to their predecessor, but Land of the Blind is stylistically very different from Over Tumbled Graves. I don't know if Walter's book deal at that point was dependent on this second novel being a sequel, but it seems to me that's not what he wanted to write and the novel suffers a bit from stretching to be a detective mystery involving Caroline Mabry.I really liked Caroline in OTG, where she was a central figure. Here she's just hanging on to the periphery of the [...]
Land Of The Blind has some interesting aspects to it, but it is not as satisfying as Jess Walter's debut, Over Tumbled Graves or his subsequent novel, Citizen Vince. A lot of the premise was too on the nose-too obviously taken from the headlines: dot com bubble frauds, local political races. Other aspects were too over the top, Clark becoming a millionaire and the utter helplessness and afflictions of Eli. It has the makings of a compelling mystery, but the execution seemed somewhat marred by in [...]
Not my favorite by Mr. Walter, but an excellent read none-the-less. This is a follow-up to his novel Over Tumbled Graves and as different from that one as night is to day. Basically they both share a main character; otherwise the tale and the way it's told are nothing alike.Spokane is once again a focus. It reminds me sometimes of the area in which I grew up near Beaumont, Texas. Another mid-sized town in a 50 year recession, full of hopeless optimism and a never-ending supply of excuses for fai [...]
Another excellent story from Jess Walter becoming one of my favorite authors. He knows how to spin an exciting tale for sure. The story begins with a murder confession, no body or identity, and the rest unspools from there!
In a serendipitous manner, “Land of the Blind” landed in my purview, and I’m glad it did. It is considered a mystery or detective story, but it is actually a first-rate novel. Since I have been exposed to Jess Walter, I plan to read his 2012 novel “Beautiful Ruins,” which Maureen Corrigan (NPR) called a “literary miracle.” I love women detectives and Caroline Mabry, a single 37-year old, was the perfect choice. She has been demoted to the swig shift in a Spokane police station wher [...]
Jess Walter has accomplished something rare with Land of the Blind. He has followed up his stellar debut detective novel, Over Tumbled Graves with an equally stellar sequel told in an entirely different way. While OTG was a straightforward, 3rd-person omniscient literary thriller with loads of hardcore detective work and all the other conventions of the genre, LotB was more of an epistolary novel, telling the story of the crimes, committed or only conceived, through a series of handwritten confe [...]
I think I'd read anything Jess Walter wrote. I'm even considering the true crime stuff, and that's not really my scene. This is an early work of Walter's, and though it's not quite up there with the amazing Citizen Vince, it certainly shows the promise that would be fulfilled in subsequent works.One of the proofs for me that a writer is worth paying attention to is when they can tell you a story that you don't think you'll be interested in and suck you in anyway. I was drawn right in by the dete [...]
Un giallo con la "S" maiuscola.Le colpe di una vita imperfetta, la vigliaccheria sopratutto e la cecità ai bisogno degli altri: killer anonimi per un mystery che voglia dirsi tale. Eppure Jess Walter riesce ad dar loro corpo con ritmo e una suspence che porta a divorare pagine più velocemente di quanto non accada leggendo molti action thriller. Un romanzo per amanti del "giallo che incatena" ma anche per i lettori che cercano il noir macerato/macerante. E poi che scrittura! Questo Jess Walter [...]
I read this for fun in college several years ago (yay opl new books section)and still remember being utterly refreshed by the originality of the work. One of those I just happened to pick up on my own, which reminds me that I should do that more often! Still my favorite of his books, especially the last third of it where it all gets weird and the tension is so intricately built.
Jess Walter is a great storyteller but I really couldn't like any of the characters. Clark, the main character, just wasn't likeable. The book did get more interesting as it progressed and so I finished it to find out what really happened, but I'm left with a blah feeling at the end.
I wish 6 stars existed for this book. GRIPPING start to finish
the beautifully constructed story of a man confessing to a wasted life, at times hilarious, at times wrenching.
Since reading Beautiful Ruins followed by We Live in Water, I have continued to welcome the easy storytelling of Jess Walter. He is occasionally dramatic, sometimes humorous, and always insightful. More so, I have come to enjoy the seamless way the story builds on itself through the characters and through the narrative, and this is entirely to the author and editors credit for accomplishing a non-manufactured narrative. It just seems right that the characters act the way they do. I had only read [...]
Something about this book grabs you and keeps you reading. It's a mystery, it's a coming-of-age drama, it'sybe a love story? There are many elements that work well--for example, stories of growing up poor, bullying to avoid being bullied, working so hard to leave your home behind that you don't even notice where you're going--all of these are real, familiar and written well enough to ring true.But then, there are the sillier parts. Like the strange case of a potential criminal calmly writing his [...]
Really 4 and a half stars. And I think the only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I absolutely loved Beautiful Ruins. This book was as well crafted as that one, and there were parts where I laughed out loud. In fact, even thinking about some of those places now makes me laugh again. Jess Walter is a very clever writer. The characters, even the repugnant ones, are so well drawn and realistic that they are easy to relate to. I will be recommending it to my book club (where we read Beaut [...]
Caroline Mabry is a wonderful character. I wish she were in more books. The remarkable thing about this novel is that when we are presented with the "confession, the statement of fact", it is in a writing style that differs from that of the story itself. What I found fascinating was Walter's ability to tell a narrative within the narrative in two distinct voices.
Prachtig boek. Zeer meeslepend verhaal en knap geschreven. Veel bewondering ook voor de ontzettend geloofwaardige psychologie achter de hoofdpersonages. Een aanrader!
An inventive story with plenty of twists and turns, this book was a quick read. It had complexity and unique characters. I haven't read the first book that introduces the heroine, so I didn't have much background on her, but she's well developed in this effort. Also a cameo (well, a little more than a cameo) from the detective from Citizen Vince. I'd probably give this somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but I'll round up in this instance.
Land of the Blind, by Jess Walter, is a genre-bending literary mystery novel that subverts the trope that mystery novels must always start with the discovery of a body. Instead, the self-proclaimed murderer turns himself in to the police so that he can confess. The story follows Spokane police detective, Caroline Mabry, in her backwards search for the truth and the body to match Clark Mason’s guilt. Clark begins his unconventional confession, asking Caroline to allow him to write it out in his [...]
I was so impressed by Jess Walter’s first book, Over Tumbled Graves, which I came across a couple weeks ago, but I quickly went to the local library to see if they had any other books by him and they had two. The first one was a major disappointment, or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood to appreciate its humor, but the other one turned out to be a sequel to Over Tumbled Graves, so I dropped everything else that I was reading to continue the story (which, in truth, had seemed to end in the air [...]
What a bag full of authorly surprises Jess Walter has--when I started reading his Spokane-set two-book Caroline Mabry police detective murder mysteries, I did not realize Walter wrote Beautiful Ruins, a book I only partially loved (the Pasquale story and the Italian hotel story!). Beautiful Ruins was inventive with linking this lost, hidden Italian hotel story with Hollywood and scenes and actors who moved in divergent universes over a good deal of time. So the tightly plotted mysteries were a s [...]
I don't even know what to make of this book. It was sad and weird, and uncomfortable to read. On the other hand, it was a pretty amazing portrait of how a single man fell apart over a period of years, and (maybe?) his attempt to start putting himself back together. If one chooses to see it as a metaphor, the book is also about the fall (and movement to rise again?) of the "genuine" PNW, the tech boom, and the American economy. Quite a book, but not what I'd call an enjoyable read. It should prob [...]
I just read this for a book group and was underwhelmed. One of my favorite books this summer was Walter's Beautiful Ruins, but this riff on the police procedural (less "who dunnit" and more "what exactly is it that he dun") did not quite grab me--or rather, it grabbed me but only in that mildly icky way that an intense television cop show grabs you and then leaves you deflated with no sense of a there there. It seemed predictably unpredictable, if that makes sense. I found the long first pages a [...]
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